WARNING: New Twist On Nigerian Letter

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by eightyeightfan1, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Just got this in my e-mail tonight.
    Now they are trying to get us by using the brave men and women fighting in Iraq. Yeah...Looked ok, but it had the "Standard" I want a percentage back, 25 million dollars(Why do they all pick that amount?) and a seperate contact info, in some other country(Mostly Britain)
    Well...Here...You can read it.
    I didn't click the link, for obvious reasons.

    FROM: Sgt. Jackson Bret
    Important Message

    Good day,

    My name is Sgt. Jackson Bret, I am an American soldier, I am serving in
    the military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, as you know we are
    attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move funds
    belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family. The total amount is US$25
    dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills. We want to move this money to
    you, so that you may invest it for us and keep our share for banking.

    You can go to this web link to read about events that took place
    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Stash of money found in Baghdad

    We will take 70%, my partner and I. You take the other 30%. No strings
    attached, just help us move it out of Iraq, Iraq is a war zone. We plan
    using diplomatic courier and shipping the money out in one large silver
    box, using diplomatic immunity.If you are interested I will send you
    full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and
    will assist us. Can I trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly
    me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential
    telephone/fax numbers for quick communication also your contact
    This business is risk free. The box can be shipped out in 48hrs.

    Sgt. Jackson Bret.
  2. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    I checked the link, it's a legit link to a news story... a story that's over four years old, actualy. In fact, some of the soilders were being questioned at the time of its writing about stealing some of the found money, plus the story also states that the money "will be given back to the people of Iraq once a stable government has been established." This sounds like a scam to me, mostly because of the fact that it's a 'soilder' sending an E-mail containing potentaly classified money movements to a complete stranger!
  3. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    man thats crazy,i cant belive they could actually trie and use our boys in iraq as an excuse to steal our information.there are some real peices of work out there...--josh
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Disgusting. I never believe any unsolicited offers that would appear to benefit me financially.
  5. Printer

    Printer Member

    The sad thing is that Someone somewhere WILL answer this request.

  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Yes, it is disturbing the statistics of people losing money to this type of scam. It ranks in the top ten, and it's so transparent I can't see how anyone falls for it. But they do, and greed, something for nothing, is the motivating factor. The most obvious questions to ask are, "why, if you have access to all these millions of dollars, do you need a few thousand more from me to get it out of your country? Don't use my meager savings, use your own booty. Besides, if I help you get all this illegal or stolen money out, aren't I your partner in crime?"
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    There are always people who are greedy enough that they will assume the (Nigerian) people with money are stupider than they are. This is the basis of most con schemes.
  8. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Who says a Nigerian sent out the email as a matter of interest?
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    No one in this case. It is known as the "Nigerian scheme" because it originated there and much of that kind of email still comes from there.

    When this scheme first started back in the early 90's, they would go through great expense to actually mail these out. Whenever I saw a letter with a Nigerian postmark, I knew immediately what it was. I had a stack of them saved up. Now they can send millions of them out at little or no cost and other scum bags are being attracted to them now, but they still carry that name, regardless of who sends them out.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I received a couple of those Nigerian emails in the past.
  11. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    I get them quite a few times too. Not with the soldiers though.
  12. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Frankly, I don't feel any pity for the idiots who fall for this kind of fraud. They are so greedy that perhaps this could be a impressive lesson for them.

    This really is a new twist of the "Nigerian Scheme" - I think that this type of letter only will be sent into countries who have troups standing in Iraq (or perhaps Afghanistan, too) - e.g. mainly the U.S.A.

    BTW: Another mean scheme of those fraudulent e-mails is the "Russian Blind Boy", originally from there: It's mostly a heartbreking story about a poor boy who will lose eyesight very soon if he doesn't get eye-surgery at once. The completely "pennyless" mother (but which misteriously has access to the internet, of course :confused:) asks you to help them. IMO this sort of thing is even meaner, because the naive people who fall for it are really trying to HELP (and not get something for themselves)...

    But obviously this sort of rip-off still works. Otherwise we wouldn't get this kind of e-mails anymore...
    There is only ONE right reaction when you get dubious e-mails: Delete it and NEVER klick on any links!

  13. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    I also hate these emails that get sent around about this womans little girl being sick and needing prayer and help and if you don't send this to more people you are heartless and won't get blessed.

    They also state that the government is tracking the message and will donate- HOW??

    As far as I'm concerned they can get stuffed.
  14. alexbnfan

    alexbnfan Member

    Some people are just of substandard inteligence. Others are just pure evil. Even fewer are both.............. there the dangerous ones

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